Location: North Bend Oregon

Laverty, J. F.

J.F. Laverty Dies at North Bend Word was received that J. F. Laverty died at North Bend, Oregon on Tuesday of this week. Mr. Laverty was a resident of Lostine until April of last year when he located in western Oregon. The funeral will be held in Portland on Saturday and interment will be made there. He was a member of the Lostine Lodge I.O.O.F. A son, Glen Laverty, resides at Lostine. Wallowa County Reporter, Wallowa County, Oregon, August 23,...

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Hovis, Earl – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Former Wallowa County resident, Earl Hovis, of North Bend, died Feb. 1, 1992, at St. Katherine’s Nursing Home in Coos Bay. At his request, no public services were held. Interment will be in Wallowa County at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Cool Bay Chapel. Mr. Hovis was born July 12, 1902, in Wayne County, Mo., the son of Robert E. and Minnie Hovis. He came to Wallowa County as a young person and attended Gwynn School, located between Lostine and Enterprise. On June 26, 1924, he married Vivian Emmons at Enterprise. They ranched and farmed in the Prairie Creek area for a number of years. Earl became known as an expert in handling horses. For several years he drove the six horse team on the covered wagon in the Chief Joseph Days pageant and was often driver of the stage coach in the Chief Joseph Days parade. Later the Hovises moved to Joseph where Earl was a log scaler for Boise Cascade until his retirement 22 years ago when he and Vivian moved to Coos Bay, Or. Survivors include his wife, Vivian, of North Bend; sons, Ivan Hovis of Portland and Robert Hovis of San Francisco, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Marjorie E. Hovis of North Bend; sister, Ruth Haggerty of Portland; and grandchildren, Marjorie E. Hovis of North Bend and Lois Kaping of...

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Wagner, Howard – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon H. Wagner Dies At North Bend Howard L. Wagner, a native of Wallowa County, passed away at North Bend, Oregon on Monday, March 12, 1951 following a heart attack. Howard Leslie Wagner, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Wagner, was born at Enterprise June 6, 1905. He attended the Enterprise schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1925. He was married to Miss Grace Jacobs, of Imnaha September 10, 1934. To this union was born a son, David Lee, who died in infancy, and a daughter, Yvonne. He had been engaged as a longshoreman for the past eight years at Astoria and North Bend, Oregon. In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Wagner, of Enterprise; three sisters, Mrs. Edward Quinn (Gladys), of Enterprise; Mrs. E.H. Ollis (Mabel), of Lostine and Mrs. Frank Green (Jessie), of Irrigon, Oregon; and three brothers, Fred, Harry and David, all of Enterprise. Funeral services were from the Booth-Bollman Chapel Tuesday afternoon, March 20, at 2 o’clock with Rev. Lyle J. Haines, pastor of the Christian Church officiating. Incomplete. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, March 22, 1951, Front Page Contributed by: Sue...

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Starner, Delvin – Obituary

Lostine, Oregon Delvin Starner, 54, of Lostine died July 26 at his home of natural causes. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Starner was born Feb. 23, 1952, to George and Gladys Tanner Starner in North Bend. The family moved to Lostine where they lived on a farm and ran Starner Lumber Co. for many years. He graduated from Wallowa High School in 1970, and married Carol Goller of Wallowa in December of that year. He helped in the family business with his father and brother until 1982 when he was disabled in an accident. Earlier, he had served as the mayor of Lostine. He enjoyed wood-working, camping, outdoor activities and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Survivors include children and their spouses, Kellie and Joshua Obendorf of Homedale, Idaho, Andria and Shane Dunham of La Grande, and Joshua Starner of Welches; siblings and their spouses, Joan and Buddy Crist of La Grande, Sharylin Starner of Puyallup, Wash., George Starner of Umatilla; a brother-in-law, Melvin Wilks of Genesee, Idaho; six grandchildren and other relatives. Contributions to the family may be made to at any branch of Community Bank. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 5, 2006, Published: August 7,...

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Baxter, Doris Arlene – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Doris Arlene Baxter, 76, of La Grande died Aug. 27 at a local care center. Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Home, 1508 Fourth St. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the LDS Chapel in Union. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery. Mrs. Baxter was born Jan. 13, 1930, to Lester and Mary Daggett in Minam. She graduated from Union High School, and on March 13, 1951, she married Bryce Wight Baxter in the Temple in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They raised their family in North Bend where she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and enjoyed cooking, crochet and crafts. Survivors include children, Duane Baxter and Chris Baxter, both of La Grande, Reed Baxter and Trisha Baxter, both of Eugene, and Kevin and Blaine Baxter and Kathy Price, all of Salt Lake City; 23 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Donna Brodhead of North Powder and Blanche Hutchison of Walla Walla. Her husband died earlier. Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospice or the LDS Family History Center in care of Loveland Chapel. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 2, 2006, Published: September 5,...

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Stoop, Leila M. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Lelia M. Stoop, 95, of La Grande died Nov. 24 at Evergreen Vista Health Center in La Grande. At her request, there will be no service; she will be buried beside her husband at the La Grande Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande. Mrs. Stoop was born Oct. 25, 1911, to Bill and Alta Winburn in La Grande. The second of four girls, she grew up in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School. In 1933 she married Carl R. Stoop. Lelia had a long career as an accountant with Pacific Fruit and Produce in La Grande and then in Pendleton. She and Carl moved to North Bend, where she worked at St. Catherine’s Nursing Home until she retired. In 2003, Lelia returned to La Grande to live at Wildflower Lodge. She moved to Evergreen Vista in 2005. Lelia loved her family. She didn’t have children of her own and was especially close to her nieces and nephews. Survivors include her nieces and nephews, LaVerta Kelley of Sammamish, Wash., Jeanne Hale of Everett, Wash., Barbara Frisbie of Dunsmuir, Calif., Orville Miller of La Grande and Vern Miller of Tulsa, Okla.; and numerous cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and her three sisters, Lawanna Miller of La...

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Burnett, Preston Frank – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Preston Frank Burnett, 85, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande died June 7 at St. Anthony Hospital. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 241 S.E. Second St. in Pendleton. Preston was born July 7, 1921, to Lawrence and Mabel Brown Burnett in Island City. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1938 and served in the Navy prior to World War II. Preston married Madaline E. Rhoads in Portland. He worked for the Oregon Highway Division for 42 years and was a resident engineer on many highway projects. The family lived in Hood River, Roseburg, North Bend, John Day and Baker before settling in Ontario in 1962. They lived there for 39 years and then moved to Pendleton in 2001. Preston enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting and camping. He spent a lot of time with his grandchildren, family and friends. After retirement, Preston and Madaline enjoyed traveling and spending time at their cabin on the Owyhee Reservoir. He was a member of the Episcopal Church. Survivors include sons and their spouses, Gary and Tammy Burnett of Pendleton and Ronald and Nancy Burnett of Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Shriners Hospital for Children in care of Burns...

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Baxter, Duane D.

La Grande, Oregon Duane D. Baxter, 55, of La Grande, died at his home Nov. 3. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the La Grande LDS Stake center on Gekeler Lane. A viewing will run from 6 to 7 tonight at Loveland Funeral Home. Duane was born Dec. 4, 1951, to Bryce and Arlene Baxter in La Grande. He was the oldest of seven children. He married Christine Larsen of Pendleton on May 4, 1976, in the Manti Temple in Manti, Utah. He graduated from North Bend High School and earned his bachelor’s and master’s of education degrees at Eastern Oregon University. He was a homebuilder in North Bend before moving to La Grande in 1982. He most recently taught math at Union High School where he really enjoyed working with students. He enjoyed sports, the Mariners and the Ducks especially; the outdoors and woodworking, but found his greatest joy in his family. His eight grandchildren were a special joy to him, one of which dubbed him “Grandpa Motorcycle” for the rides he would give them. Those who knew him say Duane loved to serve in his church and was always prepared to accept the many calls that came his way including serving as a missionary for two years in northern England, becoming a seminary and gospel doctrine teacher, a bishop and most recently a counselor...

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Martin, Thomas K. – Obituary

Formerly of Cove Thomas Kipling Martin, 20, of North Bend and formerly of Cove, died June 4. Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in North Bend. Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Kip was born May 5, 1988. He spent the first half of his school years in Cove. There he was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the scouting program. In Cove he participated in every possible school sport and the many outdoor activities available in the area. He especially enjoyed getting wood with his family and splitting it for winter. It was in the Blue Mountains that he became an excellent snowboarder. He loved and excelled at soccer and played on several undefeated teams in Cove. In 1999, the family moved to North Bend. Kip traded in his snowboard for a Toyota mini-monster truck. He played soccer every year on North Bend school and club teams. In high school he decided to try golf because a friend was playing and golf, like everything he did, became a passion for him. He devoted many hours, sometimes at night in the rain after everyone else was home, perfecting his swing and abilities, which led to several league medalist honors and good state showings his junior and senior years. Those...

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Reichenbach, William Kirby “Bill” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon William Kirby “Bill” Reichenbach, 42, of North Bend, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 9, 2004, at Coos Bay. There will be a private memorial service. Cremation was by Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory at Coos Bay. Bill was born on May 16, 1962, in California to Arthur and Pamela Etter Reichenbach. He spent most of his childhood in the Applegate Valley were he was “an accident waiting to happen” because he was always adventurous and prone to now-comical injuries. He was a 1980 Ashland High School graduate. In his life he had many adventures. They led him to Baker City where he became known as “Chef Bill” at the Geiser Grand Hotel. He was a kind and loving person who was always willing to help. He spent the last two years caring for his mother, Pam, and stepfather, Dennis, at North Bend. He loved fishing, golfing, cooking and four-wheeling. He was a rabid fan of the San Francisco 49ers, loved Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series, was a primo “dream flyer” and had a wonderfully unique, warped sense of humor that kept his family and friends laughing. They will cherish his memory always. Survivors include his father, Art Reichenbach and his wife, Barb, of LaHabra, Calif.; his mother, Pamela Gandt, and her husband, Dennis, of North Bend; brother, Al Reichenbach and his wife, Deann, of...

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Bennett, June Borcher Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon June Bennett, 79, of Baker City, died Dec. 15, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Center. The date of her memorial service will be announced later. June was born in the Fort Francis territories along the Canadian and American borders on June 1, 1926, to John Julies and Nellie Borcher. She was the youngest of three children. Her family moved to Evanston, Wash., in the 1930s were her father, “J.J.”, found employment in the lumber industry and in private enterprise up and down the Oregon and Washington coast. June was a 1944 graduate of North Bend High School. She went on to join the Cadet Nursing Corps and attended the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Baker City. She graduated in 1949. She met and married Dale Bennett of Baker City in 1948, beginning life on the family ranch at Keating where their three children were born. The family moved to Baker City in 1958 where June began working at her career as a registered nurse and mother until retirement. June was a woman of many and varied interests. She lived to fish and to read books. She was an excellent bowler and loved golfing. She liked watching birds, walking in the surrounding trees and sage. Survivors include her husband, Dale Bennett; her older brother, Richard Borcher of Los Molinos, Calif.; her oldest son, Vance Bennett, his...

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Biography of George Harvey Emerson

GEORGE HARVEY EMERSON. – It is ever with peculiar interest that we observe the career of one who has been a soldier of the union. It was noticed that in the England of 1670, if any man was an exceptionally industrious and sober mechanic or man of business, it usually proved that he was an old soldier of Oliver Cromwell. In much the same way the severe discipline and the exercise of elf-devotion in our great war educated the soldier and prepared him for large and difficult enterprises. The subject of this sketch was born in Chester, New Hampshire, in 1846, but while a boy went with his parents to Chelsea, Massachusetts. He had the best of educational advantages, graduating from the High School in 1864. Though still so young, the necessities of his country led him to enlist in the army, in which he served eleven months with credit. On being mustered out, he returned home and entered Harvard College, where he remained one year. The opportunities of the great West began to prove attractive to him, however; and pushing out to Leavenworth Kansas, he joined a train of ox-teams bound for New Mexico. From that most ancient part of our domain he found his way through Arizona to California. There he secured a position with Simpson Bros, and by them was sent to North Bend, Coos county,...

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Davis, Al M. – Obituary

Al M. Davis, 97, of Bend, a former Baker City resident, died June 4, 2001 at Bend. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bend. The Mass will be con-celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Connolly, emeritus, and Bishop Robert Francis Vasa. Recitation of the rosary will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Niswonger, Reynolds and Taber Chapel, 105 N.W. Irving in Bend. Mr. Davis was born July 12, 1903, at Boise. He married Rhoda Ann Decker on Sept. 7, 1928, at Ontario. Together the couple raised eight girls and seven boys. The couple lived in and around Boise and Idaho City for the first years of their marriage. Mr. Davis worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the Highway Department. In 1940 they moved to Tacoma, Wash., where he worked in the shipyards during World War II. In 1945 they moved to Baker City, where he worked as a carpenter and millwright for the Burnt River Lumber Co., from which he retired in 1970. In 1987 the family moved to Bend. Mr. Davis loved mining and was an avid rock hound. He especially enjoyed creating clocks and jewelry from the rocks he collected. He gave these to family and friends as gifts. He was an avid reader, especially enjoying material of historical or scientific content. He is the...

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Brannock, Jack Verl – Obituary

Jack Verl Brannock, 78, of Bend, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 6, 2000, at St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Haines Cemetery. David Brannock will officiate. Mr. Brannock was born Oct. 10, 1922, at Homestead to Judson and Alma Irving Brannock. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. His occupation was farming, which was supplemented by logging and mill work. He married Mina E. Aldrich on March 5, 1961, at Mountain Home, Idaho. They lived in Baker City until he retired in 1991 and they moved to Bend. Mr. Brannock is survived by two sisters, Betty Wilson of Baker City and Lola Patterson of Oak Harbor, Wash.; two daughters, Arlene Rice of Tualatin and Anna Holliday of LaPine; a son, David Brannock, of Vancouver, Wash.; and a foster son, Robert Wood of Portland; grandchildren, Callie Beth Brannock and Pamela Holliday. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mina, in 1992; brothers, Jarold and Arnold; and sisters, Fern and Bonnie. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Bend or a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 9, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Rich, Mary Christine Whited Mrs. – Obituary

Mary Christine Rich, 82,of North Bend, a former Baker County resident, died March 30, 2007, at Baycrest Memory Care Center at Coos Bay. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at North Bend Chapel. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Garden in Coos Bay. She was born on Dec. 24, 1924, at Baker City to Mattie and Wilson Whited. She was one of six girls. She was raised on the Whited family ranch at Unity and was a Baker High School graduate. She attended business college and then joined her sister, Anna Belle, in Washington, D.C., where she worked in the Navy Personnel Bureau during World War II. She met James L. Rich on a troop train to the Los Angeles Navy Department. They were married at San Francisco on Nov. 26, 1944. Jim was a U.S. Marine. After the war, they settled at Mount Vernon and John Day for 20 years. In 1964, they purchased B & B Janitorial Co. at North Bend. The business is now owned by their son, Jim. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jackie and James L. Rich III; daughter and son-in-law, Sam and Sharon Seebart of Indio, Calif.; grandchildren, Kirsten Fimbres of Indio, Calif., Megan Rich of Portland and Brady Rich of North Bend; a great-granddaughter, Lauren Fimbres; and sisters, Betty Erwin of Fairfield, Colo., and Elizabeth Wood of Hood River....

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